Thank Your Way To Better Health
Do you give thanks? Have you ever noticed that when you do give thanks for the good in your life, you feel better? Ever wonder why?
The Bible is replete with verses about giving thanks, and in many cases believers are instructed to give thanks as a reflection of their faith. Here's just a few examples:
This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.
1 Thessalonians 5:18
Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.
And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.
Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever.
I do not cease to give thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers,
Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change.
Therefore let us be grateful for receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, and thus let us offer to God acceptable worship, with reverence and awe,
And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful.
And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God. And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him. Wives, submit to your husbands, as is fitting in the Lord. Husbands, love your wives, and do not be harsh with them. ...
And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.
Oh give thanks to the Lord, for he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever!
The one who offers thanksgiving as his sacrifice glorifies me; to one who orders his way rightly I will show the salvation of God!”
Giving thanks always and for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ,
A Psalm for giving thanks. Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth! Serve the Lord with gladness! Come into his presence with singing! Know that the Lord, he is God! It is he who made us, and we are his; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture. Enter his gates with thanksgiving, and his courts with praise! Give thanks to him; bless his name! For the Lord is good; his steadfast love endures forever, and his faithfulness to all generations.
For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
In every way and everywhere we accept this with all gratitude.
1 Corinthians 15:10
But by the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace toward me was not in vain. On the contrary, I worked harder than any of them, though it was not I, but the grace of God that is with me.
What you just read is just a handful of verses about gratitude. There are literally hundreds of verses describing and even exhorting us to always be grateful. So there is no doubt that we should have a heart filled with gratitude.
The Scientific Connection Between Gratitude And Health
Recently, psychologists Dr. Robert A. Emmons of the University of California, and Dr. Michael E. McCullough of the University of Miami, conducted a study that monitored participants instructed to write a few sentences each week about how they felt on particular topics.
One group was told to write about things they were grateful as the their week progressed. A second group wrote about irritations, or things that they found displeasing. The results were amazing. After 10 weeks, those who ruminated with gratitude physically felt better and were more optimistic. Surprisingly, they were self motivated to exercise and had fewer visits to doctors than those who focused on aggravation.
Dr. Martin E. P. Seligman, a leading psychologist at the University of Pennsylvania, gathered 411 subjects who were assigned to write and deliver a letter of gratitude to someone who they felt had never been properly thanked for his or her act of kindness. Within a very short period of time participants immediately began to exhibit a huge increase in happiness scores. The impact was greater than that from any other intervention, with benefits lasting for a month.
Although more studies have be conducted, it seems pretty conclusive once again that the biblical instruction may change our genetic activity and bring us good health. Remaining positive and thankful is precept that could brighten your day and keep you healthy and strong.
Guided Christian Meditation For Gratitude - Technique and Script
Prep Work: before you begin you must get accustom to daily habit of reading, studying, and meditating over the word of God. As you contemplate over scripture and it's meaning choose a biblical concept you can focus on later in your meditation
1. Find a comfortable place to sit quietly. Get into a comfortable position and close your eyes.
2. Now, take a soft gently deep breath, hold for a couple seconds, and release. Do this about 3 or 4 times. Just relax.
3. Mentally watch your breath as it flows in and out of your chest. Simply watch and pay attention at the natural rhythm of your breath.
4. It's perfectly normal for your mind to start wander at this time, if it does, just let it be, and go back observing your breath.
5. As the brain quiets down start contemplating one situation, or person, you are grateful for. Then do this for another situation, or person. Bring to remembrance the most recent memories within the last 24 hours, longer if you have to.
6. Next, start loving Jesus and give Him all the praise and glory. Love Him with all your heart, soul, and mind. Now allow yourself to be totally in awe of His love for you. His love for you produces good in your life.
7. Stay in this state for about 2 - 5 minutes and soak up God's love, light, and love.
8. Take a deep breath. Begin moving your hands and feet. Gently start moving your head. Then very slowly start to open your eyes.
9. Repeat every morning for 10 - 20 minutes.
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Hope this helps you on your journey for a better life. If you have any favorite guided Christian meditations for gratitude, or ideas, please share them below. We love you and we're praying for you. God bless. See you in the kingdom.
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